Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Dallas Metroplex area
Re: Wheel Input sought
I have a garage full of tires now, so I am prepared to write up my findings now. Been a long road and the wife thinks I'm opening a UTV tire shop!!
What I tried:
ITP Terra Cross
ITP Holeshot SXS
Maxxis Bighorn 2.0
Maxxis 4 Speed
Heres' what I'm running as my race setup in hardpack with some loose fill:
Maxxis Bighorn 2.0
I'll run the ITP Holeshot SXS on a really hard pack track, but they aren't the best on the holeshot. I'll also run a ITP Terracross on deep loosefill or mud. The Maxxis 4 speed's are trash, and the GBC Afterburners aren't a bad tire, but a bit narrow with too much sidewall flex.
I prefer a 14" tire in a 26" dimension for a few reasons. I like the extra height for the overall vehicle ride height. You can't have too much ride height on large jumps with collapsing suspension. The 14" also has less sidewall flex than the 12" so there's better cornering stability. I plan on shaking it up with a 25" Bighorn 2.0 in the rear withn a 26" in front just for cornering stability and tire spin up. The 25" tire is a few pounds lighter than the 26". This will just be another option to haul around if needed.
And that brings me to the most important aspect of the tire other than traction. Wheel weight!! Wheel weight equals rotating mass. That equals more ponies on heavier tires to launch similarly.I need the max traction on the lightest tires. I really wish ITP had a Terracross 2.0!! ITP tires are made in the USA and the Maxxis are Taiwan imports. Might be just me, but I like made in the USA better than made anywhere else. However, racing is racing and ITP just doesn't make my product yet. I'll wait patiently........
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